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Stacey Abrams speaks out on maskless photo of her from school event
01:42 - Source: CNN
CNN  — 

Democratic candidate for Georgia governor Stacey Abrams apologized Tuesday for not wearing a mask when she posed for photos with masked schoolchildren last week, after she received intense backlash from political opponents.

“Protocols matter, and protecting our kids is the most important thing, and anything that can be perceived as undermining that is a mistake, and I apologize,” Abrams said in an interview Tuesday night on CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront.”

Abrams was photographed last week, without a mask, seated among students at a Decatur elementary school – all of whom were wearing masks. The photos, which were shared on social media Friday and have since been removed, prompted criticism from Abram’s Republican opponents and others frustrated with masking policies, who called it hypocritical.